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A glimmer of hope?

  • Published at 06:02 pm December 2nd, 2018
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REUTERS

There is still hope for Myanmar, as more of its youth population is now speaking out against Suu Kyi’s hypocrisy

For many in Myanmar, especially the youth, Aung San Suu Kyi was, for the longest time, a symbol of hope, responsible for ushering in a new wave of democracy to their nation.

However, tragically, that is no longer the case. 

What the last year has revealed is that the Myanmar government has systematically ignored and persecuted the nation’s Rohingya minority, while their army has repeatedly engaged in violent acts of ethnic cleansing.

As this brutality raged on, Aung San Suu Kyi turned a blind eye. 

But there is still hope for Myanmar and its democracy, as more of its youth population is now speaking out against Suu Kyi’s hypocrisy, fighting to bring about change in the Myanmar government.

There are now hundreds of young activists, a vocal minority that has become more and more influential in grassroots activism, who are trying to raise awareness of the atrocities that their state and military power are carrying out over their own people.

Though they may be small in number, we must not forget that it is the youth who will inherit the nation, and it will one day be in their hands to do the right thing, be it to ensure the Rohingyas’ right to return and treating them as equal citizens of Myanmar, or ensuring that democratic rights in general are valued and protected.

Reaching a solution to the Rohingya crisis will not be easy, and will certainly not happen overnight. But these young activists give us hope that the people of Myanmar are slowly waking up to the gross violations of human rights being committed by their own government on their own countrymen.

They wish to see change and to do what’s right. Just like the rest of the world.

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